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Here's where you'll find a collection of history quotes that inspires.

Some of these are enlightening, some make you smile, and all are quotes about history and they tend to make you think.

When I was a student, all I was concerned about was memorizing the details so I could pass my history tests. It was long lessons with little reprieve till I met a professor who was passionate about sharing history. He made me sit up and listen to his tales and interesting recounts of world civilizations. Suddenly history became so much more interesting. His passion made history digestible and more colorful than ever before for a roomful of students.

Whether you are a history buff, or a student trying to comprehend the usefulness of history in one's life, or a scrapbooker wanting to add some quotes to your layouts, may you find the right quote from this collection. Enjoy!




A lot of guys have had a lot of fun joking about Henry Ford because he admitted one time that he didn't know history. He don't know it, but history will know him. He has made more history than his critics ever read.
-- Will Rogers

All history becomes subjective; in other words there is properly no history, only biography.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
-- Oscar Wilde

Anyone who believes you can't change history has never tried to write his memoirs.
-- David Ben Gurion

Every true history must force us to remember that the past was once as real as the present and as uncertain as the future.
-- George Macaulay Trevelyan

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
-- Robert F. Kennedy

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
-- Maya Angelou

History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.
-- David C. McCullough

History is a kind of introduction to more interesting people than we can possibly meet in our restricted lives; let us not neglect the opportunity.
-- Dexter Perkins

History is a vast early warning system.
-- Norman Cousins

History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.
-- Kurt Vonnegut

History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today.
-- Henry Ford

History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought.
-- Etienne Gilson

History is written by the victors.
-- Winston Churchill

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
-- John W. Gardner

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
-- Winston Churchill

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
-- Thomas Jefferson

I think a secure profession for young people is history teacher, because in the future, there will be so much more of it to teach.
-- Bill Muse

Ideas shape the course of history.
-- John Maynard Keynes

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.
-- Rudyard Kipling

Just as philosophy is the study of other people's misconceptions, so history is the study of other people's mistakes.
-- Phillip Guedala

People always seemed to know half of history, and to get it confused with the other half.
-- Jane Haddam

People tend to forget that the word "history" contains the word "story".
-- Ken Burns

Remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.€
-- Mahatma Gandhi

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.
-- Aldous Huxley

The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice - their choice.
-- Dwight David Eisenhower

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
-- George Santayana

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.
-- African Proverb

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
-- George Bernard Shaw

Well behaved women rarely make history.
-- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.
-- Victor Hugo

Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
-- Haile Selassie

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